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Colorado will soon have one of the largest health care information networks in the country.
A grant from the Federal Communications Commission will allow the Colorado Hospital Association to develop a telehealth network.
The FCC award provides up to $4.6 million in federal money over three years. When combined with a similar FCC award to the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council, $9.8 million will be made available for the initiative. Continue Reading State creating one of nation’s largest telecare networks

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People who lose weight after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes have better control of their blood pressure and blood sugar, and are more likely to maintain that control even if they regain their weight.<br>
A Kaiser Permanente study published online in the American Diabetes Association journal followed more than 2,500 adults with type 2 diabetes for four years. Those who lost weight within an average of 18 months after diagnosis were up to twice as likely to achieve their blood pressure and blood sugar targets as those who didn’t lose weight. Continue Reading Early weight loss could be key to controlling diabetes

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A law went into effect earlier this week that makes Colorado the 16th state in the nation to support breastfeeding in the workplace.
The law requires employers to provide reasonable break time and make efforts to provide suitable, private space for mothers to express breast milk at work. It also prohibits discrimination against women who need extra accommodations for breastfeeding at work. Continue Reading Employers now required to provide breastfeeding support

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The Colorado Rural Health Care Grant Council has awarded more than $1.9 million in grants to strengthen health care delivery in rural communities.
The council awarded 52 grants, ranging from $1,600 to $50,000, to physical, mental and oral health care providers in 34 Colorado counties for infrastructure projects. Continue Reading Colorado’s rural communities receive $1.9M in grants

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Electronic health initiatives could save money and enhance safety, according to a report from the American Electronics Association.
The “eHealth 301: Electronic Prescriptions” report shows that electronic prescriptions also are more convenient and more reliable than paper documents. Continue Reading Electronic health initiatives could lower federal costs

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The Colorado Health Foundation has launched a $2 million program to help primary physicians in underserved urban and rural communities repay education loans.
The Physician Loan Repayment Program will provide 18 doctors with up to $150,000 over three years while they practice in Federally Qualified Health Centers, rural health centers and ClinicNet facilities. Continue Reading Health Foundation provides loans for rural doctors

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More than half the nation’s programs programs for the elderly have cut services because of higher fuel and food prices — and about 90 percent will be forced to make more cuts next year.
Caregivers for the nation’s elderly also report an increase in the time that recipients wait for services — including transportation, home-delivered meals, cleaning and homecare. Continue Reading Energy crisis taking toll on programs for seniors

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Private insurers participating in the Medicare Advantage program during 2005 spent less on services for beneficiaries and recorded larger profits than projected, according to a Government Accountability Office report.
The 120 forms reviewed by GAO represented 78 percent of plan enrollment. According to the report, the plans projected spending 90.2 percent of total revenue on medical services but only spent 85.7 percent. Continue Reading Medicare Advantage program makes $1 billion more than anticipated (20097)

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Cost continues to be the most significant barrier for small businesses when deciding whether to offer health insurance.
The National Association of the Self-Employed surveyed 4,000 micro-businesses — businesses with five or fewer employees — to measure the impact of rising costs.
There are more than 24 million micro-businesses in the United States, creating more than one-third of all new jobs. Continue Reading Fewer companies offering insurance for employees

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New rules issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will allow medical researchers access to millions of Medicare prescription drug benefit claims.
The rules limit studies to the commercial parts of the program, but will allow researchers to study the safety and effectiveness of medications among the elderly and disabled. Clinical trials often exclude the very old, patients with multiple chronic conditions and those taking multiple medications. Continue Reading CMS provides researchers with access to drug data

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